“The projects that I have put forth ... we’ve got the means to pay for all of those with cash,” Moore said. But he added, “They’re not going to vote for anything that makes me look good.”
Samuel said not all the projects Moore has offered are supported by the majority of the council.
“Initially, they were wanting us to approve the whole list of ,” he said. “We weren’t going to do that and I saw a lot of dissension in the ranks here. We’ve got to at least approve some; let’s move forward in a positive way.”
He said the projects that were offered were ones for which there was a consensus among the council members.
“I think we have consensus on more, but we still have to talk about them,” Samuel added.
The city council also approved two ordinances, one for an additional appropriation and a second for a revised salary ordinance.
The additional appropriation ordinance — 2013-OR-3 — totaled $245,500 and addressed changes for several city employees. Among the changes were the shifts of two clerk positions, a move to add a water resource coordinator to the city, the addition of a kennel attendant to the animal shelter and the purchase of two fire department staff vehicles out of the Local Option Income Tax Fund.
The ordinance was approved 5-1, with Samuel voting against on its second and third and final reading.
Also, a reduction ordinance that cut the same amount was approved on its first reading to pay for the added positions and equipment. A revised salary ordinance — 2013-OR-5 — was unanimously approved on its second and third and final readings.
Changes to the salary ordinance incorporated the aforementioned changes to employee positions in the city as well as a change to the city’s legal department. The council agreed to a change suggested to replace the city attorney with a paralegal at a lower cost, funding 25 percent of the position through the city’s redevelopment commission.
The redevelopment commission would still have to approve covering its portion of the costs. As a result of the move, City Attorney Les Merkley’s title would change from city attorney to corporation attorney.